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Increasing your speed
Through guild advancement
The guild perk Mount Up will increase your riding speed by 10%.
Through class abilities and talents
Shaman and Druids acquire shapeshift forms ( for shaman and for druids) that increase their movement speed (not as much as a mount, but it is trainable at an earlier level), while Hunters get aspects to boost their own movement speed and that of their party. Rogues and druids (in ) have an ability to temporarily increase movement speed. Here are the skills and abilities that provide some classes with a bit of a faster mount movement speed, either passively or by the activation of an ability.
- in the Retribution talent tree (tier 3). Increases your movement speed (and mounted movement speed) by 8%/15%. This does not stack with other speed increasing effects.
- at level 62. Movement speed while mounted is increased by 20%. The mounted movement speed increase does not stack with other effects.
- in the Holy tree (tier 3) does not directly increase mounted movement speed, but it does boost Crusader Aura. With these two abilities combined, it is possible to increase mounted movement speed by 40% for 6 seconds every 2 minutes.
Through items and enchants
There are five other methods for increasing your mounted speed, with no effects beyond level 70:
- : +2% (stacking), world drop Enchanting recipe
- : +4% (stacking), world drop Blacksmithing plans
- : +10% (non-stacking), Leatherworking pattern sold in Old Hillsbrad Foothills.
- Skybreaker Whip: +10% (non-stacking), quest reward from  , must be Honored with Netherwing.
These last two items effectively increase a mount's speed by 10%. However, they do not stack with the previously mentioned methods, so they are approximately (see below) a 1% improvement over using the above 3 items combined. It should be also noted that for players of WotLK the Riding Crop is only usable for two levels (69 and 70), and the Skybreaker Whip only for one level (70).
All speed improvement items work on both normal and flying mounts (with the exception of npc controlled point-to-point flight).
- : +3% (stacking), reward from the in Zul'Farrak.
The first three effects act as percent multipliers of your total mounted speed, stacking with previous multipliers. Thus, if you have spurs but nothing else, your normal mount speed will be increased to about 166.4% ((100% + 60%) * 1.04 = 166.4%). These numbers were obtained experimentally using a position-tracking addon written specifically for this purpose.
|Mount||Base Speed||/ Skybreaker Whip|
|Regular land mounts||60%||76%||92%|
|Epic land mounts||100%||120%||140%|
|Regular flying mounts||150%||175%||200%|
|Epic flying mounts||280%||318%||356%|
|Swift Nether Drake or Ashes of Al'ar||310%||351%||392%|